Collins to Vote for Kagan Despite Disagreements

Posted July 23, 2010 at 2:26pm

Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday that she will vote to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court justice, becoming just the third Republican to back her.

The Maine Senator said in a statement that she believes it is “critical for nominees to have a judicial philosophy that is devoid of prejudgment, partisanship, and preference. Only then will the decisions handed down from the bench be impartial and consistent with legal precedent and with the constitutional foundations of our democratic society.”

Collins said Kagan met those standards, but she also noted that Kagan has taken positions she does not agree with, most notably on gun rights.

“It appears that her personal opinion on gun rights is at odds with my own views,” Collins stated.

But Collins indicated she was satisfied with Kagan’s statements to the Judiciary Committee about following precedent.

Collins joins GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Dick Lugar (Ind.) in supporting Kagan’s nomination.